There has been an interesting development in the who discovered Australia…who
Matthew Flinders remains discovered in London
The main reason this is so intersting is because our current Prime Minister #ScoMo is apparently wanting to put money ($6.7 million) towards a replica of Captain Cooks boat. Part of the reason (other than spending money on a replica boat) While Captain Cook charted the east coast, he did not circumnavigate Australia. Matthew Flinders was the first to sail around the country between 1801 and 1803.
Glenelg was goooooorgeous and not busy on Australia Day, I think because of the heat…I am so happy that I went and took it back =D If you go there please try the frozen yogurt at Fruizberry It’s freaking amazing! It was such a lovely day and I am very glad that I went through and stayed overnight with my partner. It was such a lovely day for us.
“For those who’ve come across the seas, We’ve boundless plains to share”
However, my friend of colours experienced racism…and quiet frankly, Australia…IT IS NOT GOOD ENOUGH!
It’s a big reason why I think the date needs to change or we need to make Australia more multi-cultural. I mean it’s the day where immigrants become Australians…These white people’s families were immigrants too once and would need to have applied for Australian Citizenship. It’s all been shocking how little these people who think we should keep the day the same day. Know very little about Australia and it’s History and know very little how long Australia Day has actually been an National Public Holiday.
This weekend (well mainly Friday) Australians will “celebrate” Australia Day. The day is now in high debate whether the date should be changed, or whether not the entire day should be changed entirely.
The problem with the date is that it significance is when the British/Europe settlers came to “discover” Australia. Then as what happened back then, they nearly ended up wiping out the Indigenous people out…Think Columbus Day. Then of course it hasn’t been until the most recent decade that the Australian Parliament has made any sort of acknowledgement, including the 70’s and 80’s “stolen generation”.
Some people want the name of the day changed to “Invasion Day”. Some don’t. Some want the day changed entirely, some don’t.
I’m more of the I want the name of the day changed and “Australia Day” to be changed to a different day instead. I don’t know why people are so obsessively holding onto a holiday, that wasn’t even made a national public holiday until 1994. Even then most people I know have barbecues and get drunk. They don’t do anything to recognise how we became Australia. It’s just having a Barbecue and getting drunk on another day instead. We literally have another 364 to choose from. I personally would want the other Australia Day to be somewhere in Summer. Mainly because I think of Australia and I think of heat,lol
Brolga and Kangaroo Dundee
Although I am totally divided on the whole Australia Day controversy. I feel we need another name for the day, but I also feel like we can still have an “Australia Day”. Just not on this day! Does anyone have a problem with another public Summer holiday?
However I am heading and staying over for the night at one of more popular beach towns and I want to take it back! One of the people who I have banished from my life forever, always called it “hers” when she doesn’t even live here! It’s always been about her…But it never was and it will never be again! It’s my town now!
Also did you know that Luna Park in Sydney was originally first in Adelaide at Glenelg Beach? Adelaide was too small a town at the time though, they decided they’d take it to Sydney…So middle fingers up to all those people who say that Sydney’s Luna Park is better than Melbourne’s Luna Park…We had it first!
Every year 26th of January is Australia’s Australia Day and since I am a proud Australian, I am celebrating the best way that I can without actually going out anywhere.
Australia Day Website
It probably may came a shock to little, especially with all that’s been happening this past year, that there is a huge debate in Australia right now and whether or not we should change the date. This is because the Indigenous people of Australia do not see it as a day that is celebratory, but rather they call it “”Invasion Day” and I do not blame them for it at all. You see Australia Day is celebrated on the 26th because, it marks the anniversary of the 1788 arrival of the First Fleet of British Ship, in Port Jackson, New South Wales. It wasn’t actually until 1901 that it was called “Australia Day”. Before that it had various names such as: “Anniversary Day”, “Foundation Day”, and “ANA Day”
For one I don’t mind the date being changed, just as long as it still is within Summer…Too me beaches and Summer are just “Australian”. I even heard a name for the new day that I liked “The Spirit of Australia”…I don’t know, it just had a ring for me.
However I feel especially proud to be an Australian today. Apart from the hard right hater type folks, I feel very safe here. I am actually more frightened of my Aussies who are all “Send them back” types, mainly because they inflict and aggravate SO much hate and fear, that I feel more unsafe to be around a group of them than any of our modern “invaders”. They tend to be the ones who cause more fights, though all we mainly hear about the people they want to send people back…Even if they are just as “naturally” Australian as they are…It’s aggravating.
Someone should remind them of their Australia National Anthem:
So another year another Australia Day (Wiki) (which also means a Public Holiday …YAY!) Australia Day is celebrated annually on the 26th of January and the reason is straightforward. It’s to “celebrate” the arrival of the First Fleet of British Ships at Port Jackson, New South Wales, and the raising of the Flag of Great Britain at that site by Governor Arthur Phillip. Over the last few years it’s created a few problems, clearly as it also means the moment where the people who are indigenous to Australia were slaughtered (think what happened to the Native Americans).
Today I shall be enjoying the day off of work with going to the beach with a few friends and my partner down at the beach. The weather has actually been a bit off and has been cold (it’s supposed to be the middle of Summer at the moment). The other exciting thing on Australia Day is that people who took the Citizenship test and passed it, get their official certificate on this day. The ceremony to receive the certificate takes place on this day and they have a ceremony for it.
The 26th of January is Australia Day (and a National Public Holiday!). Annually celebrated on 26 January, it marks the anniversary of the 1788 arrival of the First Fleet of British Ships in Port Jackson, NSW and raising of the Flag of Great Britain. In more recent years Australia Day celebrates and reflects the diverse society and landscape of the nation, and are marked by community and family events, reflections on Australian history, official community awards, and citizenship ceremonies welcoming new immigrants into the Australian community.
If you want to check out what activities are happening in your state today, please check out this link:
Australia Day Activities
Australia Day Eve is also the day were the “Australian of the Year” is announced.
On January the 26th Australia celebrates “Australia Day” which is pretty much Captain James Cook and his crew coming to Australia and settling in Australia (and also started the settlers to wipe out the Indigenous people of Australia…but that is for another day). So I present on this Magical Monday a story of significance to my country. The indigenous people of Australia call their “stories” the ‘Dream-time’ and I thought since the Platypus is such a bizarre creature and a lot of people find it fascinating…I thought that I would present this story to you all…Enjoy!
Dreamtime Story Animation “Biladurang The Platypus” for the Marambul Yuganha Exhibition at the Griffith campus of TAFE NSW Riverina Institute 2011.
Exhibition Coordinator: Carolyn White
Animation by: Mick Ashley – RedPixels Animation
For information regarding Captain James Hook please follow this link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Cook
Wikipedia 2014, James Cook, Wikipedia Australia, <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Main_Page>